Choikwangdo, named after its founder Kwang Jo Choi, is an effective and powerful modern martial art which ignores training for competition in order to focus on training for self-defence and good health.
Choikwangdo classes run once a week on Thursdays from 7.00 to 8.15 at The Crofton Halls, York Rise, Orpington, Kent. This class is for anyone aged 10-70. Family groups are very welcome. Beginners are also very welcome.
Ring Jack Watson on 01689 835777 for details or just show up and watch or train to see if you enjoy and benefit from the class.
The class usually continues for those who wish to stay on from 8.45 to 9.15 p.m.
Choikwangdo is ideal for both men and women and youngsters of most ages whether they are large or small since it teaches techniques which use all your body weight to lend power to your strikes and kicks
Beginners are welcome. You can show up or ring Jack Watson on 01689 835777 for more information. You could also check this website regularly for updates:
Venue: The Small Hall, The Crofton Halls, York Rise, Orpington, Kent BR6 8PR
Chief Instructor: Jack Watson 3rd dan CKD 5th dan Free Style Martial Arts/2nd dan in Taekwondo and Iai Batto Jutsu. He holds 15 levels of blackbelt and has taught martial arts for about thirty years
For more info call 01689 835777
or turn up on the day at the Crofton Halls.
Private tuition is also available Ring 01689 835777 for details about private classes in Chislehurst.
Two outstanding private students describe what they learned in a series of private lessons:
“Choikwangdo has given me a huge confidence boost in my abilities to deal with potentially threatening situations, teaching me to be aware and alert to my surroundings and to recognize when I might be in danger. It has taught me both physically and mentally to deal with these situations in a calm, efficient and effective manner”
“I began Choikwangdo as a new fitness routine but also as a way to learn self defense. I feel confidence in my ability to deal with confrontational situations in a controlled but assertive way, using avoidance or self-controlled defense to diffuse situations effectively. My fitness, agility and confidence has improved in an enjoyable and educational way.” Michael
About 30 Orpington students have been attacked in the last twenty years. All except one, who was taken by surprise, dealt successfully with their attackers. Here is one example:
“I’m going to kill you!”
These words rang out at a local petrol station as a man who had just been bullying a woman customer ran aggressively towards one of my Choikwangdo students who had dared to speak up for the lady customer.
My student used a sidekick and a round punch to stop the attacker in his tracks as the other customers applauded. He had to rely on his confidence, training and skill to protect himself. No one else was rushing to his aid!
Could you have handled a similar situation? If not, why not start training in Choikwangdo – one of the most effective and healthy martial arts in the world?
Classes are available at The Small Hall, The Crofton Halls, York Rise, Orpington BR6 8PR every Thursday at 7.00 p.m. and at 8.00 p.m. Ring Jack Watson on 01689 835777 or visit his website at http://www.self-defence.org for more info.
Of course, you need to avoid crossing the line from self-defence to causing unnecessary harm. You may only use enough force to protect yourself or your family and this can be a grey area.
Regular training is necessary to give you the confidence and skill to use what you learn. Some training will be better than nothing and may even save your life. However, I recommend training long enough to reach your black belt at least.
Your training should give you an air of confidence which will deter bullies and predators who usually prefer an easy victim who clearly lacks confidence
Over thirty Orpington students have dealt successfully with knife, bottle, road rage and gang attacks. None of them have yet faced a gun attack although I did evade a bullet when I was much younger simply by moving out of the way when I saw a soldier approaching who was spinning his revolver around his finger! His gun went off close to where I had been sitting. Moving out of the way is one first class self-defence solution!
Why Be A Victim Of Violence? Why not learn a street wise martial art instead?
CHOIKWANGDO IS JUST SUCH A STREET WISE MARTIAL ART
It is easy to learn and does not damage your body
It is an effective street tested martial art which can help you to keep you and your family safe
Will Choikwangdo suit you?
It will if
You want to learn in a secure and friendly class
You want to ensure body health without body punishment
You want to work hard but also be able to relax, have fun and ask questions
Are you too old to attend a Choikwangdo class?
Not unless you have a serious illness. Check with your doctor to make sure you can do physical exercise. Physical exercise, according to some medical experts, can prolong your life by several years. However, I am not offering life extension guarantees on this website! Your own doctor will know much more about your general health than me.
Why not attend a class in Choikwangdo for a lesson? See if you like it.
- Classes are at The Crofton Halls, York Rise, Orpington, Kent BR6 8PR
- Thursdays in the Small Hall 6.30 to 7.30and a second class from 7.45 to 8.45
FOR MORE INFO CALL JACK WATSON ON 01689 835777 and/or take a closer look at these two websites
Why bother to learn Choikwangdo? You will gain benefits which are well worth having!
Choikwangdo is one of the healthiest and most powerful martial arts in existence. It teaches you how to make the most of your body weight. If you use your body weight well you can knock out a much heavier and stronger person.
How would you like to feel healthier, fitter and safer? One of my younger students was no longer worried about being bullied after just one lesson. Other students of all ages no longer feel afraid as they go about their business.
Would you like similar benefits for all the members of your family?
Then start to learn Choikwangdo and ask your family to do the same!
You will experience extra power in your hand techniques in your first lesson. You will also learn key street survival methods before you leave your first class.
You are welcome to attend a class at The Crofton Halls, York Rise,
Orpington, Kent BR6 8PR This is about 50 yards up the hill from the entrance to Orpington Railway station – just past the Roman Villa. Turn right into York Rise. The Halls are in the second building on the right. We are in the Small Hall.
Over 20 students from the Crofton Halls Choikwangdo class have dealt successfully with knife, bottle, gang and other attacks. You can learn to do the same but there are no guarantees.
The police cannot be everywhere and may well not be available when you are under attack. The chances are that you will be on your own.
Choikwangdo training will give you confidence and self-defence skills. These skills could make all the difference if you are attacked.
Two classes are available at The Crofton Halls on Thursdays The first one is in the Small Hall from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m. This class is ideal for family groups although individuals are also welcome. You can be any age from 10 to 70.
A second class is available from 7.45 to 8.45 p.m. on Thursdays This is also a family class. Currently you can attend both classes if you wish to.
WORTH READING BY BOTH WOMEN AND MEN
1 in 10 women and girls in the UK currently experience some kind of violent attack. Usually the attacker strikes when no one else is around to help the victim. Clearly it is important for every woman and girl to learn to protect themselves.
‘Self-defense for Women’ teaches
women how to avoid dangerous situations
what to do if they find themselves in such situations
what to teach their kids to keep them safe
and much more
The book recommends studying a self defense oriented martial art.
Choikwangdo is an ideal martial art for both men and women to study. You can find Choikwangdo classes all over the world. The one referred to on this website is based in Orpington, Kent. Read below for more info about Choikwangdo
Before visiting any martial art school, it would be advisable to read the ebook shown above. Incidentally, many men would find that not a few of the tips and lessons in the ebook apply to them as well as to women. Instructors who have women in their classes would gain much from reading this ebook.
5 REASONS TO LEARN CHOIKWANGDO FOR SELF-DEFENCE
1. It is unlikely that the police will be on hand
when you or a member of your family are attacked by one or more muggers or worse.
The best advice is to give them your money or mobile phone etc. but what if they want to show off to their friends by beating you or your family up?
One solution is to run fast to get away but
you or your family may not be able to run faster than the muggers.
It makes sense, these days, to learn how to defend yourself. One great modern martial art can teach you self-defence skills in the shortest possible time. It is called Choikwangdo – the way of Kwang Jo Choi, the great martial artist who currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Choikwangdo focuses on self-defence rather than competition. Competition will help you get fit but some techniques which help you score points in competitions (like kicking to the head) may not work too well in the street. It is probably wiser to stamp on your attacker’s foot or kick him in the knee area. This is not allowed in competition.
2. Many martial arts use training methods which can leave you injured or crippled for life. This is much less likely in Choikwangdo. The founder, Kwang Jo Choi, has studied how to perform techiques which do not injure the body. On the contrary, they contribute to the health of the body and help create a positive attitude of mind. You can, of course, still injure yourself if you overdo things before you are fully warmed up.
3. You can be sure of a welcome and a friendly non-competitive atmosphere at a Choikwangdo class. The only person you compete with is yourself. If you work hard and improve your skills you will usually pass your grading examinations and eventually achieve black belt.
4. There is no free sparring in Choikwangdo. The only sparring you do is with a partner who holds a shield or focus mitts for you to hit or kick or head butt etc. Free sparring leads to bad feeling when your partner carelessly breaks your nose or accidentally kicks you in the knee cap. It also leads to pulling your punches and kicks so that you do not hurt your partner. When focus mitts and shields are used, you train your body to hit hard every time unless your partner is a lot weaker or smaller than you. You also avoid the kind of bad feeling described above.
5. If you are young or old or weak and slow, you are more vulnerable to attack. The mugger does not ask how old you are before they attack you. People of all ages, therefore, need to learn and practice some form of self-defence. Most students enjoy the lessons and even the grading examinations. Gradings are not compulsory but they give you a goal and a deadline to work towards.
To find out more about Choikwangdo click here or call Jack Watson on 01689 835777
Can you learn self-defence through studying a martial art?
Yes. But some martial arts focus on sport competition and some focus more on self-defence.
A competition martial art will spend ages doing stretching
exercises so that students can kick high and score more points.
A self defence oriented martial art will spend less time on the
stretching and concentrate more on practising low kicks and practical
strikes including head butts and elbow strikes which are more effective
in a street attack.
Choikwangdo is a martial art that concentrates on self-defence.
It is designed to help the smaller person when they are attacked
by a bigger person. It is ideal for women and the young
It teaches you how to use all your body weight to hit really hard
so that you change the mind of someone attacking you. If they feel
enough pain they will lose interest.
Hopefully, it will give you so much confidence that you won’t look
like a victim and attackers won’t bother to pick on you.
of my students have been attacked over the last 20 years and all
except one found that what they had learned allowed them to survive.
In many of the cases they flattened their attackers.
Obviously, I can’t promise what will happen if you are attacked
but you should stand a much better chance if you study a martial
art like Choikwangdo.
We will also teach you ways of dealing with aggressive people which
make a violent confrontation less likely.
Don’t worry about coming on your own to a class. The vast majority
of Choikwangdo students and instructors are very friendly and will
make you feel at home. You won’t get yelled at if you put a foot
wrong. The atmosphere is relaxed but hard working.
You just work at your own pace and don’t compare yourself with
other people. They may be better or worse than you. What matters
is your own improvement.
If you are able to get to Orpington , Kent you are more than welcome to
show up at
THE CROFTON HALLS
We are in the Small Hall on Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m.
If you don’t live anyway near Orpington you can find out if there is a
Choikwangdo school nearer to you by checking out this website www.choikwangdo.com
My own website is this one at: www.self-defence.org
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few. – Shunryu Suzuki, 1904-1971, Japanese Zen Master of the Soto School”
The Success Secret of Daily Practice
Practice may seem to be a very obvious ‘secret’ of success in most walks of life but it is often anything but obvious because the practitioner seems to do his or her thing so easily and spontaneously. They appear to be so talented that they can improvise brilliantly without the help of rehearsal.
On closer examination, the performance is far from easy. It follows hours and hours of daily practice and rehearsal. A few years ago, Lilia Kopylova won the BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ program partnered by England fast bowler, Darren Gough. She made her performances seem easy. She also achieved miracles in teaching Darren to be a competent partner.
However, Lilia has been training every day for years. She began dancing when she was nine and initially trained in Ballet, Gymnastics and Ice-Skating (which she began aged four and went on to become a Moscow champion in figure skating). It is no wonder that she can put in stunning dance performances.
Darren, had much less time – a few months – in which to learn to dance but he put in hours and hours of concentrated practice with the added benefit of Lilia’s tuition.
Recently Robert Ringer has written a brilliant article on the power of ‘orchestration’ i.e. detailed rehearsal and practice.
He is a great speaker himself and has noticed how other great speakers give apparently flawless performances which appear to be the result of natural ability. He has realized, however, that these great speeches are anything but spontaneous.
He was so impressed by a speech by Zig Ziglar that he went to listen to him again. He was amazed to hear that the words and sentences were exactly the same. So was the body language. He also noticed that Anthony Robbins has his own sound man at all his speaking gigs. Speech and sound are carefully coordinated.
I heard Robbins in London at his fire walk seminar in Docklands. I, too, noticed huge banks of sound equipment at the back of the hall with a sound man always in charge.
Robbins appeared spontaneous and dynamic but he must have rehearsed his speech and delivery with his sound man many times before he finally appeared on stage.
Some performers have so much natural talent that they think they can get away without practising. However, they are taking a big risk. Practice can make a natural performer great. Lack of practice can make him or her look mediocre.
The above gives us all hope. Someone without natural ability can give a presentable performance if they practice enough. They can even appear talented. Practice can almost create talent.
I have often noticed in the martial arts that the people who practice regularly and with determined effort can put in competent performances at their grading.
They can focus all their energies on the required moves rather than on wondering what they should be doing next.
As they increase the speed of their well rehearsed moves, they can even begin to appear talented.
I have seen talented performers floundering because they had not put in the necessary practice.
People who worry about performing in public should stop worrying and start practising. Daily practice can work miracles and can create its own talent.
Joe Frazier, a former heavyweight boxing champion of the world knew the importance of practising before you face the world:
“You can have a life plan or a fight plan, but when
the action starts, you’re down to your reflexes —
your training. If you’ve cheated on your training in
the dark of the morning, you’ll be found out under the